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Gritting and Snow Clearing

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Aberdeen City Council is responsible for providing winter maintenance on 560 miles of road (that is more than Aberdeen to London) and over 1200 miles of footways. During severe weather conditions we have to prioritise the roads and footpaths;

There are 3 priorities of road network:

Priority 1 Ė Roads that are main transport routes including major bus routes. Priority 1 roads count for almost half of Aberdeen's road network. Priority 1 footpaths are mainly city centre based and are highly used by pedestrians.

Priority 2 - Roads that carry medium traffic flows or give access to community or public facilities of a non-urgent nature. All other footpaths that do not fall under priority 1 are treated; they are treated on an area basis. Cycle paths are also treated as priority 2 footways.

Priority 3 Ė Minor roads where road users can make their way to the nearest higher priority route.

Trunk Road Network

Trunk roads that connect Scotland's major cities are managed by Transport Scotland, their Management Agent for the North East looking after the A90 and A96 routes is Bear Scotland


We currently have;

  • 10,500 tonnes of salt in stock
  • 90 employees that can assist with winter maintenance
  • 21 carriageway gritters
  • 4 large tractor gritters
  • 19 footway gritters
  • A De-icer applicator tractor*
  • Over 900 self-help Grit Bins, for more information and their locations visit Grit Bins.

*De-icing fluid is only used if temperatures drop low enough to stop salt working


Early morning and standby operations start from 16 November until 20 March or later should winter conditions continue. The situation is monitored 24 hours a day.

Overnight operations generally treat the busiest roads. Early morning treatment occurs between 4:45am and 7:00am which ensures that main roads are salted before rush hour. This treatment covers 10 priority road routes and priority 1 footpath routes. Other pavements are treated from 7:45am if necessary.

The majority of our roads and ground staff work on winter maintenance during prolonged adverse weather conditions.

Grit Bins

Grit Bins are provided throughout the city for local residents or road users. Find out more information, including the locations of the bins visit; Grit Bins.

One-Tonne Salt Bags

We have introduced a winter community self-help scheme, providing one-tonne bags of salt to local residents and community groups. For more information and to order your bag please visit; One-Tonne Salt Bags.


The Met Office provides localised forecasts on a daily basis.

There are 7 road sensors which provide up to date information on temperatures and road conditions.The road sensors are at the following locations;

  • A90 Charleston Interchange
  • A90 Cornhill Roundabout
  • A96 Tyrebagger
  • Ellon Road
  • Jesmond Drive
  • A944 Westhill
  • Springhill Road (New this year)

Forecasts for your area can be obtained via the Met Office

Winter Advice

Visit Ready Scotland for practical advice and steps on how you can protect yourself, your community and your business from all kinds of weather.

The Scottish Government also wants to hear from members of the public who have any experiences to share with others about how to deal with winter weather. You can send an email to pass on your top tips for coping with winter weather to others who need help.

Report a concern via our Report It page.

Help Shape Our Services

We are providing our customers with the opportunity to help us improve how our services are delivered.

You are invited to take part in a variety of ways to contribute and give your feedback. If you are interested

in helping us reshape and develop our services please register now by selecting the link above.

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    Phone: 03000 200 292

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